Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan latest Democrat to seek White House

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) speaks at the Heartland Forum in Storm Lake, Iowa, on Saturday.
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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan says he’s running for president.

The 45-year-old announced his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination Thursday on ABC’s “The View.” He plans an official kickoff rally in downtown Youngstown on Saturday, where a big turnout by organized labor is expected.

Ryan, a political moderate, made an unsuccessful bid to replace Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader in 2016.

Ryan represents the same northeastern Ohio district formerly held by the late Democratic Rep. Jim Traficant, for whom he worked. The blue-collar area swung strongly for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016.


He’s served in Congress since 2003 and before that spent two years in the Ohio Senate. He joins an already crowded field of Democratic White House candidates.